If you have ever been to Eminonu, you have probably seen the fish sandwich sellers of Eminonu with boats. When you say Ortakoy, it's kumpir, when you say Beyoglu, it's chocolate, and when you say Eminonu, it's a fish sandwich! The fish sandwich is a part of Istanbul that you should experience at least once. When you visit Eminonu, you will witness that around three fish sandwich boats it's more crowded. You will understand the interest in fish sandwiches even looking at the crowd.
The recipe is quite simple, yet delicious. With its grilled white fish, raw onions, and salad in a half loaf of white bread, the fish sandwich is definitely an icon of Istanbul. It is usually served with pickle juice or şalgam. On certain days, the crowds are so dense that lengthy queues develop at the boat of hungry Istanbul residents eager to buy a fish sandwich. However, you can find fish sandwich restaurants near Galata Bridge instead, if you want a comfortable experience. With a bright view of the sea, lights, and ferries, you will have a beautiful experience dining in one of those great fish sandwich dining restaurants under the Galata Bridge.
Fish sandwiches have been around since the middle of the 19th century. At that time, fishermen used to set up small grills and serve the fish in bread. In the 60s, the fish sandwich boats arose, and they are still popular. By the 90s, its popularity just continued to rise. Today, the fish are generally imported as the demand for local fish is high and that causes high prices.
Fish is one of the indispensable tastes of the table, as it is both a protein store and rich in omega fatty acids. Yet, when you consume it with bread, it becomes a more caloric meal. Overall, it is healthy, but it is not recommended when on a weight loss diet. One portion of a fish sandwich is 550 calories.
Under the Galata Bridge, there are many restaurants, and all have similar prices and views but some of them are slightly more recommended. In Galata Marmara Balik, Fish Port, Fish Point, and Cansin Fish Restaurant, all of which are located under the Galata Bridge, you can have a great dining experience near the sea as the ratings also indicates.